Saturday, June 27, 2009

RMJM to design athletes village for Glasgow Commonwealth Games (fly-through)

RMJM has won the competition to design the £300 million athletes village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The practice is working as part of the City Legacy consortium which includes developers and contractors Campbell Construction, W H Malcolm, Cruden, and Mactaggart & Mickel; project manager Davis Langdon; engineer WSP Consulting and planning consultant Turley Associates.

The consortium beat three other shortlisted teams, including one working with Broadway Malyan, and another working with Ian Simpson Architects, Reiach & Hall Architects, Murray Dunlop Architects, Nord Architecture and Elder & Cannon Architects.

The village will accommodate 8,000 athletes and officials during the event. After the games, further housing will be built on the 38.5 ha site, with the athletes' accommodation refurbished to create family housing. In total there will be 1,400 homes on the site and a 120-bed care home for the elderly.

Construction is expected to start in autumn 2010.

A spokesman for the consortium said: "This innovative project will not only showcase the new face of the east end of Glasgow to a worldwide audience during the Commonwealth Games, it will also transform Dalmarnock to become a much sought-after riverside residential area.

"The proposals will act as a catalyst to create an excellent new neighbourhood with well-placed community facilities and attractive open spaces accessible to existing and new residents."

Scottish sports minister Shona Robison said: "The creation of the athletes village will sustain jobs, regenerate the east end of Glasgow and contribute towards Scotland's economic recovery as we build up to the launch of our plans to create a successful legacy from 2014 to benefit the whole of Scotland."

The news comes just a week after the practice was named as planning consultant on the delivery of key venues for next year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The practice will oversee the delivery of the athletes village, international broadcast centre, main press centre, international airport, uniform and accreditation centre and main logistics centre in India, where construction for the games has been troubled by delays and rising costs.

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